Curriculum Change Initiative

Curriculum Change Progress

essential information and Progress updates on the curriculum change

In addition to progress updates, “Essential Information You Need to Know” about the curriculum change can be found here, which is a resource for all things curriculum transformation. Check back frequently for updates.

COM Curriculum Change Initiative Essential Information*

Latest Updates- 6.19.20

  • A successful PI question writing workshop was held for spring dyad leaders on June 17.
  • A hybrid of virtual and in person instruction, included PI, will be implemented for the fall semester to meet the guidelines put forth in response to Covid-19.
  • A PI simulation session will take place the week of July 13 to prepare for the start of M1 on July 27.


  • Attendance policy which includes time for student wellness was approved by CMAC.
  • PI Steering Committee continues to review and vet questions for the Population Health Module which begins July 27.
  • Four M2 student fellows were selected to participate in the PI question vetting and simulation process.
  • The College held its third curriculum open house on June 11 with over 120 participants. A recording will be posted here soon.


  • The operations team completed a 3 session Kaizen event that focused on operational implementation and training for the new curriculum. The sessions looked at standardizing tasks and operating procedures and included curriculum managers, coordinators and the entire curriculum operations team.
  • Scholar Rx, a USMLE coaching software will be implemented as an additional tool for students and faculty.



  • The module dyad leaders for spring ’21 were approved by CMAC. View a list of those appointed as module leaders*.
  • The next COM Curriculum Open House is scheduled for June 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Topics will include: updates on progress, Peer Instruction Steering Committee and question writing information.
  • The M1 and M2 module schematic* has be updated.
  • Four M1 students have been selected from an application process to practice PI questions over the summer.


  • The Education Innovation Award was made available to faculty teaching in the curriculum to support the development of more diverse ways to actively engage students.
  • The next Curriculum Open House is scheduled for June 11, 3:30-4:30 PM


  • The COM held its second Curriculum Open House on 4.29.20. Over 140 community stakeholders were in attendance. View the Open House session.
  • A Peer Instruction Steering Committee has been formed and approved by the curriculum committee. Membership will be evolving, with several members approved by the committee and others to be added in the future. The committee will be reviewing and testing PI Questions and is set to start meeting the week of May 4.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee is reviewing different scenarios for student instruction in the Fall. Options for modes of instruction include in-person, online and a hybrid of in-person and online learning strategies.


  • The operations team met its deadlines for deliverables for the fall modules, which was April 20.
  • The design team together with faculty development provided a schematic for how Peer Instruction will work* in the active learning sessions.
  • There will be a curriculum open house on April 29 featuring students and dyad leaders.
  • A faculty survey was sent to Rootstown academic departments and core clinical faculty to gain feedback on the Curriculum Change Initiative to date.





  • Interim Dyad leaders have been appointed for the fall modules. Dyad teams contain one clinical and one basic science faculty member. A listing of interim fall Dyad leaders can be found here.
  • An FAQ has been created to assist the fall Dyad leaders with the development and implementation of their modules.
  • In order to provide a learning model with consistent times and learning activities, a typical week model has been developed for both during the module and the last week of the module. The model includes more time for independent preparation and personal wellness.



  • A timeline has been created for implementing the modules of the new curriculum (The current timeline can be accessed here). This timeline has been created by the Operations team. This module development process has been divided into 2 “phases”:
    • Phase 1 deliverables:
      • Program, module and weekly objectives
      • Learning activities
    • Phase 2 deliverables
      • Creation of assessment blueprints
      • Session preparatory materials and content
      • Syllabus
    • The Content team is leading the development of these deliverables.
  • A Peer Instruction Steering committee is in development to guide and assist faculty with development of PI questions.
  • The Design, Content and Operations are in the process of developing a module dyad FAQ document to help newly appointed dyads get started on the construction of their modules.


  • Approval of module schematic for M1 and M2. Schematic can be accessed here*.
  • Peer instruction (PI) will be the primary active teaching modality, which will be developed based on the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Model. The following are the goals of PI:
    • To have constant and consistent student interaction in class sessions
    • To concentrate attention on concepts by:
      1. Providing a structure for students to discuss, explain and rationalize concepts with their peers, and’
      2. Assessing student learning
    • To Provide students with frequent and immediate formative feedback.
    • Future faculty development initiatives for PI instruction will be forthcoming.
  • Modules and themes will be led by dyads defined as one clinical and one basic science faculty member. The dyad leader selection process is being developed and will be forthcoming from the curriculum committee.

Actions taken in February 2020

  • M1 will be delivered as a systems/themes-based curriculum composed of courses, each led by a faculty dyad of clinician plus basic scientist.
  • M1 year curriculum will emphasize the Foundations of Medicine, and M2 year curriculum will emphasize the Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine.
  • M1 daily schedule will be 3 -4 hours per day of active learning 4 days a week with one day devoted to clinical activities.
  • Customized NBME exams will serve as the final summative exam for each course.
  • On Feb. 24, curriculum leaders from the Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine facilitated a Peer Instruction workshop on campus for all faculty and staff. Peer Instruction is a flipped classroom instructional method.
  • Feb. 25-26, a curriculum consultant met with many members of the COM faculty and administration to review and discuss best practices in curriculum management and curriculum operations. This consultation will guide the work of the curriculum committee moving forward.

Schematic for M1 and M2

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Jennifer Lint

Curriculum Change Initiative

College of Medicine at NEOMED